Acceptable Use Policy Charles Herbert Flowers HS PGCPS
An Acceptable Use Policy: States the purposes for which network access is provided. Sets out the rules under which users are allowed to use a network. Details unacceptable uses of the network. Defines the consequences of violating the rules of conduct. Ensures that legal obligations are met.
Schools should have an AUP: To encourage responsible use of the internet by students and teachers. To clarify the instructional policies of the school regarding the network and internet. To identify the responsibilities of administrators, users, and parents To ensure compliance with legal requirements such as CIPA.
Schools should have an AUP: To provide a code of conduct for users. To outline the consequences of using the network inappropriately. To remind users of the need to comply with copyright regulations. So that parents, teachers, students, and administrators can agree to a structure within which internet privileges can be granted.
Charles Herbert Flowers HS Charles H Flowers HS does not have a distinct AUP. The general AUP for Prince George’s county is used. All individual AUPs fall under the Acceptable Usage Guidelines found at http://www.pgcps.org/~procedur/1000/0700.pdf The document covers all users: students, teachers, administrators, etc.
The CHFHS AUP States the purposes for which network access is provided.“Students are expected to use these networks and PGCPS technology for educational purposes. Employees are required to use the school system technology with the scope of their employment. All users are expected to follow the accepted and established guidelines for technology usage. (Board Policy 115)”
The CHFHS AUP Sets out the rules under which users are allowed to use a network. There are 23 listed General Procedures, a number of stated acceptable uses, and policies for e-mail, anti-virus, spam, cell phones, dial-up access, virtual private network access, PDA devices, wireless e- mail devices, and fax machines.
Selected General Procedures Users are responsible for their own accounts. Users are prohibited from sharing accounts and/or passwords with anyone. All users will be held accountable for any violations of the Acceptable Usage Guidelines that can be traced to their individual accounts.
SPAM Current policy dictates that users should treat SPAM e-mail as “junk” and delete it as it arrives
The CHFHS AUP Details unacceptable uses of the network. Publishing private information such as addresses, phone numbers, or passwords. Inappropriate language Any illegal activity including violation of copyright or other licences or contracts. Commercial purposes Annoying, harassing, or attacking others Anonymous messages
The Blanket Clauses “Using a pgcps.org web site for anything other than educational or administrative purposes as deemed appropriate by PGCPS. Accessing or linking to websites that contain material deemed vulgar or offensive. Acccessing or linking to websites that contain material deemed inappropriate.
The CHFHS AUP Defines the consequences of violating the rules of conduct. May include, but are not limited to: Immediate suspension of access Disciplinary action by school administration Letter of reprimand Arrest and prosecution Additional disciplinary action may take place.
The CHFHS AUP doesn’t Specifically require that students or parents sign off on the policy. Explicitly describe the extent of network monitoring
The AUP in the classroom Teachers who intend to use the internet in their classrooms should have students and parents sign a version of the policy to put everyone “on the same page.” Students may not have a good understanding of copyrights and plagiarism. Teachers should expect to spend some time on this topic
The AUP in the classroom Teachers should also stress the importance of not sharing personal information over the internet and make it clear that the networks are monitored. If teachers expect students to avoid irrelevant websites, they should spend some time teaching internet research skills.
Teachers and the AUP Some of the prohibitions are vague, such as:Accessing or linking to websites that contain material deemed vulgar or offensive. These include but are not limited to . . . images or representations of full frontal or partial nudity lacking in any educational, scientific, or artistic value.